German and Mexican musicians hold concert in Tijuana to protest US President Donald Trump’s plans to build border wall

Source:AFP Published: 2017/6/4 18:08:37

German and Mexican artists staged a show on the border with the US in protest of Washington's plans to build a wall, thrilling hundreds but infuriating supporters of the controversial plan to stop illegal immigrants.

The musicians took part Saturday in a Tear Down this Wall event organized by the Dresden Sinfoniker orchestra at a park in the Mexican city of Tijuana at the foot of the metallic fence that divides the two countries.

The show was originally due to take place on both sides of the border, but US authorities denied permission to hold the crowdfunded event on their side, citing security concerns.

Just before the concert began, orchestra director Markus Rindt shared his thoughts on the barriers that separate people around the world.

"Pieces of metal are for recycling and when they are on a wall, we should instead use them to build musical instruments, not to separate people," he told the audience.

Rindt was a young man in 1987 when Ronald Reagan urged the Soviet Union to "Tear down this wall" in Berlin - the quote inspired his project.

US President Donald Trump made expanding the border wall with Mexico one of his leading campaign themes, claiming criminals and drug traffickers were flooding over the southern US border. He also insisted that Mexico would pay for the new wall.

Mexico has so far steadfastly refused, and Trump has yet to secure any of the billions of dollars in congressional funding needed to start his flagship project.

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